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Anna Babel

Anna Babel

Anna Babel

Professor, Spanish and Portuguese


(614) 292-7726

234 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH,

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Areas of Expertise

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language Contact


  • Ph.D., Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2010
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2007
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Michigan, 2007
  • B.A./B.S., Linguistics, Spanish, & Russian, University of South Carolina, 2001

Anna Babel is a sociolinguist and a linguistic anthropologist. Her research focuses on the relationship between language and social categories, particularly in settings of language contact. She has carried out long-term research in the Santa Cruz valleys of Bolivia, the setting of her ethnography, Between the Andes and Amazon.Her most recent work considers how we become aware of different ways of speaking, and conversely how our knowledge and beliefs about language influence the way that we speak. In addition to these areas of expertise, she teaches on the role of language in the construction of US and Latino/a/x identities.

Selected publications: 

2018. Language at the border of the Andes and the Amazon. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press

2016. Editor, Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research. Cambridge University Press, New York/Cambridge. Cambridge University Press 

2016. Affective motivations for borrowing: Performing local identity through loan phonology. Language and Communication 49:70-83. ScienceDirect   

2014.  Stereotypes versus experience: Indexing regional identity in Bolivian Valley Spanish.  Journal of Sociolinguistics 18(5):604-633. 

2014.  Time and reminiscence in contact: Dynamism and stasis in contact-induced change.  Spanish in Context 11(3):311-334 

2011. Why don’t all contact features act alike?  Contact features and enregistered features. Journal of Language Contact 4(2011):56-91. 

2009. Dizque, evidentiality, and stance in Valley Spanish. Language in Society 38(4):487-511.

Babel CV [PDF]